Columns[Courts And Corona] Functioning Of NCDRC In The Post Covid Era Chiranjivi Sharma7 July 2020 12:32 AMShare This – xWhile most Courts and major Tribunals in the country quickly adapted to the new normal and shifted to video hearings in the first phase of the lockdown itself, the Hon’ble National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission [“NCDRC”] has been slightly slower to adapt and started video hearings of matters only from 15th June, 2020. However, all notices issued on the website of the NCDRC…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile most Courts and major Tribunals in the country quickly adapted to the new normal and shifted to video hearings in the first phase of the lockdown itself, the Hon’ble National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission [“NCDRC”] has been slightly slower to adapt and started video hearings of matters only from 15th June, 2020. However, all notices issued on the website of the NCDRC during the lockdown do indicate that litigants / counsels were allowed to mention urgent matters at the residential office of the President, even prior to the video hearings having been initiated. Further, several counsels have often faced the issue of judgments being reserved by the NCDRC for long duration of time. However, it seems that the lockdown time has been utilized by the Hon’ble Members to clear the backlog and accordingly, over 100 judgments have been pronounced and published on the NCDRC’s website during this phase. While most judgments pronounced have been completely factual in nature, below are a list of certain judgments which discussed the laws in consumer matters and may hold a precedential value as well:- INTERPRETATION OF “CONSUMER” AND “COMMERCIAL PURPOSE” Rajiv Kumar Singh v. Jai Prakash Associates Ltd. & Anr. [CC No.975 of 2017] – Judgment dated 15th June, 2020 The Complainant filed a Complaint seeking refund of amount due to delayed possession of flat. Whilst holding the Complainant to be a Consumer as per the definition under the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 [“CPA”], the NCDRC held that merely because the Complainant had bought 2 flats in the same project, does not mean that he has bought the same for investment purpose. The NCDRC reiterated that if the complainant is not in the business of sale of plots / flats, he shall be treated as a consumer. M.P. Singh Rathore v. Little Flowers Public School & Ors. [RP No.1932 of 2019] – Judgment dated 15th June, 2020 In a case filed by a student’s father against a school for allegedly tampering with his son’s report card, the NCDRC, while relying on various Supreme Court precedents, held that for the purpose of standard of teaching and examination etc., recognised educational institution is not a service provider and the student is also not a consumer under the purview of CPA. M/s. Atul Aggarwal & Sons v. Mercedes Benz India Pvt. Ltd. [FA No.133 of 2014] – Judgment dated 24th June, 2020 The Bench set aside the Order of the State Commission dismissing the Complaint at the threshold by determining the Complainants were not “Consumers” as per CPA. The question whether the car purchased by the Complainants was being used for commercial purpose or for the personal use of its partners required to be established during trial of the Complaint. Thus, the consumer complaint was remitted back to the State Commission to be continued from the same stage. Mrs. Prisca Caroline Fernandes v. Pravin Kumar B. Jain & Anr. [RP No.3221 of 2012] – Judgment dated 26th June, 2020 Respondent No.2 i.e. a security agency submitted that the Complainant, proprietor of a factory for assembling wrist watches had obtained its services for commercial purpose, thus not falling under the definition of Consumer as per CPA. Post reiterating the law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court, the Bench held that the dominant factor for the purpose of deciding whether the services were hired or availed for a commercial purpose or not is the purpose for which the services were hired or availed. If the services were hired or availed for a purpose which forms an integral part of the business of the complainant, it would be difficult to dispute that the services are hired for a commercial purpose. On the other hand, if the services are hired or availed for a purpose which has no direct nexus or connection with the business activity of the complainant, it would be difficult to say that the services are hired or availed for a commercial purpose. As a security agency is not integral for a wrist watch assembling business, the security agency’s services could not fall under the purview of commercial purpose. SCOPE OF POWERS OF NCDRC IN A REVISION PETITION Union of India & Ors. v. Tulsiram Meena [RP No.1749 of 2019] – Judgment dated 15th June, 2020 The Bench held that when there were concurrent findings by the District Commission as well as the State Commission, the question of reassessing facts did not arise in the limited jurisdiction of Revision Petitions. Further, the Bench also followed the decision in Harshad Chiman Lal Modi v. DLF Universal and Anr. [Reported in AIR 2005 SC 4446] and held that the issue of territorial jurisdiction cannot be taken up directly in a Revision Petition and ought to be taken at the earliest possible opportunity. New India Assurance Co. Ltd. v. Kailash Devi & Anr. [RP No.3596 of 2016] – Judgment dated 15th June, 2020 The Bench reiterated that in case of concurrent findings of the fora below, the NCDRC cannot reassess the facts in a Revision Petition. Further, the Bench also condemned the approach of the Petitioner, a Government Insurance Company, for continuing frivolous litigation for a non-substantial amount, thus increasing the load of the Courts. Vinod Aggarwal v. Tata Motors Finance Ltd. [RP No.280 of 2011] – Judgment dated 23rd June, 2020 The Bench summarily dismissed the Revision Petition whilst following the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Karnataka Housing Board v. K.A. Nagamani [Civil Appeal No.4631 of 2019] by holding that a revision petition against an order passed in execution proceedings is not tenable. MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE AND INSURANCE Vinita Sethi v. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Ltd. & Anr. [CC No.178 of 2016] – Judgment dated 5th June, 2020 The Complainant’s husband, who succumbed to a liver disease, was denied the insurance claim amount on the ground of non-disclosure of medical history. The Complainant claimed that the deceased had signed a blank proposal form and had shown all medical reports to the insurance agent, who intentionally did not fill the details of the same. The NCDRC, while following the principles laid down in Satwant Kaur Sandhu Vs. New India Assurance Company Ltd. [Reported in (2009) 8 SCC 316] and Reliance Life Insurance v. Rekhaben Nareshbai Rathod II [Reported in (2019) CPJ 53 (SC)] stated that insurance is governed by the doctrine of uberrima fidei, which postulates that there must be complete good faith on the part of the insured. Thus, the Complainant’s contention that the deceased insured signed blank proposal form was not found acceptable by the NCDRC as the insured having signed the proposal form, was bound by the information contained therein. The complaint was accordingly dismissed. Miss Deepti & Ors. v. Shori Hospital & Ors. [RP No.937 of 2012] – Judgment dated 2nd July , 2020 (Through Video Conferencing) On the question of medical negligence, the Bench held that merely because a patient has not favorably responded or surgery has failed, the doctor cannot be held straightway liable for medical negligence. However, the Respondent No.1, the referring hospital was held liable for deficiency of service for its failure to provide the complete medical record of the patient and was thus directed to pay lump sum of Rs.1,00,000/- to the Petitioners. BUILDER – BUYER DISPUTES AND RATE OF INTEREST Mange Ram v. Logix Infrabuild Pvt. Ltd. [RP No.2548 of 2019] – Judgment dated 18th June, 2020 The Bench held that a buyer cannot claim 18% interest on the defaulted amounts on the ground of maintaining parity with interest being charged by the builder under the agreement. In the absence of any clause in the agreement to that effect, it is the discretion of the NCDRC to award interest keeping in view the facts of each case. Mayfair Housing v. Devendra Jagdish Shah & Ors. [FA No.2064 of 2019] – Judgment dated 23rd June, 2020 The Bench reduced the interest awarded to the buyer from 9% to 5%, keeping in view of the principles laid down in Ghaziabad Development Authority v. Balbir Singh [Reported in (2004) 5 SCC 65] to state that a person who does not get the unit and refund is ordered, is entitled to higher interest rather than a person who has got the possession of the unit and only delay is to be compensated. Ramesh Malhotra & Ors. v. Emaar MGD Land Limited & Anr. [CC No.438 of 2019] – Judgment dated 29th Jun, 2020 Since the justification given by the Complainants for refusing possession was not found feasible by the Bench, the Respondent Builder was allowed to forfeit the earnest money and return the principal amount with the rate of interest at which the Complainant had availed a loan from the Bank and the rest of the amount with 10% simple interest. The Builder was not allowed to deduct any amounts other than the earnest money, as had been contemplated in the Agreement between the parties. The Bench reiterated the view taken in Pioneer Urban Land & Infrastructure Ltd. v. Govindan Raghavan [Reported in (2019) 5 SCC 725] that such buyer-builder agreements being wholly one sided constitutes an unfair trade practice and, therefore, cannot bind the flat buyer. Rajiv Kumar Singh v. Jai Prakash Associates Ltd. & Anr. [CC No.975 of 2017] – Judgment dated 15th June, 2020. While taking the decision passed in Kolkata west International Pvt. Ltd. v. Deva Asis Rudra 11 [Reported in (2019) CPJ29 (SC)] as a precedent, the NCDRC deemed it appropriate to direct the Opposite Party to refund the money with 9% interest, as opposed to the prayer of 18% made by the Complainant. EXPERT OPINION ON ADMISSION OF COMPLAINTS Skoda Auto Volkswagen India P Ltd v. Meghana Corporates P Limited & Anr. [RP No.589 of 2020] – Judgment dated 24th June, 2020 (Through Video Conferencing) The Bench, apart from giving the decision pertaining to the scope of powers of NCDRC in its revisionary jurisdiction, also interpreted scope of Section 13(1)(c) of the CPA i.e. obtaining expert opinion on admission of complaint by District Forum. The Bench held that District Forum is required to obtain the expert opinion only when it is of the opinion that the defects as mentioned in the Complaint could not be ascertained without proper analysis or test of the goods. As in the instant case the Complainant had to visit the service centre of the car 25 times within 3.5 years, there was defect prima facie and no expert opinion was thus required. Next Story
Corey Robinson and Becca Blais, who take office as student body president and vice president today, plan to hit the ground running in their mission to lead, connect and serve Notre Dame students.“We want to give the students all we’ve got,” Robinson said. “We’re going to be fighting for [the student body’s] best interests — with the administration, with polices, with ideas, programming, events, relationships with the community.”Starting next week, the administration will launch a student senate reform initiative, Blais said, implementing a new structure that separates senators into four committees — health and wellness, sustainability, student affairs and community engagement. At each meeting, which will now be held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room of LaFortune Student Center, senators will spend a portion of the time in their committees discussing items on the agenda.“Each senator would share the perspective not only of their committee, but of the departments they sit on, their residence halls, the constituents they represent,” she said. “The small group discussion in the committee is not only to bring that committee’s perspective, but also give them a chance to vocalize where they’re coming from.”Olivia Mikkelsen | The Observer After committee discussions, Blais said all members of the senate will assemble to decide what action to take moving forward.“Every committee will approach it in a different way, so it will be nice to spur dialogue and attack the same subject from different viewpoints,” Robinson said.Three days after the pair was elected in February, they met with St. Liam’s to discuss their plan to train Notre Dame nurses as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs), Robinson said. Junior Gracie Watkins, the administration’s policy liaison, is working on a research report to present to St. Liam’s before the end of the school year.“We’ve got to show that there’s similar and successful satellite programs,” Robinson said. “… We’re going to give them the report. Then hopefully over the summer, we’ll co-present it to St. Joseph Hospital, so that we’re ready for the fall.”To further the administration’s community engagement goal, student government is also working to increase student involvement in the Riverlights Music Festival, a three-day event in South Bend in May, Robinson said. The festival features a variety of local bands and other performers at various venues throughout the South Bend area.“Hopefully we can make this not only a Notre Dame staple, but a South Bend music festival that is permanent,” he said. “It’s a really cool event for both college students and the people of South Bend.”Blais said their administration will continue to work on some of the same issues the Ricketts-Ruelas administration focused on, in small-scale and large-scale ways.“They have a lot of similar ideas as us — diversity and inclusion, sexual assault — generally working towards those goals of making it better. Honestly, that’s not something that ends with one administration. Those are things that we’re carrying on,” she said.Robinson will be on campus over the summer, working on events and policies for the upcoming school year. He said he and Blais both have an open door policy and welcome students to share their ideas with student government.“Right now what we have to do, in my opinion, is be able to foster communication on these important issues,” he said. “We can’t keep going around them, beating around the bush.“Talking is great, but the most important thing we want to do is have a result — an attainable result. But we realize we can’t get that tangible result in policy, unless we have discussion about it, unless we know what the students think.”Blais said she hopes to increase awareness about resources the University offers, such as the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being (McWell Center).“We have all of these structures and resources in place,” she said “Now it’s just about making them accessible to students, making it a part of the everyday talk, everyday lingo, so you know that you have them and that you actually utilize them.”Robinson said he is trying to pursue goals that are realistic yet ambitious.“For us, this is not necessarily doing anything different or reinventing the wheel. It’s just continuing the great legacy already left,” he said. “Diversity and inclusion, sexual assault, health and wellness — these things don’t just disappear. We’re trying to push it forward a little more, before we pass the torch on to the next administration.”Tags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Senate, Student government, student government turnover
“It was pretty clear early on last night that our guys were fully motivated to end this in two games and not draw this series out.”“And full credit to the players for their effort because they played with an intensity level that was going to be tough for anybody to match,” he added.Goals by Marcus McCrea, Jackson Garrett and team captain Logan Proulx staked the Saints to the early lead in a period the home side outshot the visitors by a 20-6 margin.“That had been a theme for them in the playoffs,” Dubois said. “(TWU netminder Silas) Matthys had played in one of the pro leagues in Switzerland and he had stolen a couple games in the first round against SFU (Simon Fraser University) and had a couple of real strong games against us at the end of the regular season . . . a couple of games when he had 50-plus saves in narrow wins so getting up on him early set the tone.”Trinity Western cut the margin to 3-1 in the second as Blair Murphy snuck one past Chris Hurry in the Selkirk nets. The goal was the only blemish on another stellar night between the pipes for the Summerland native.But Connor McLaughlin regained the three-goal advantage, scoring on the power play for Selkirk.McLaughlin finished the playoffs tied for the points lead with teammate Cody Fidgett — each with six points — and also even with teammates Beau Taylor and Garrett for goal scored — each with four.In the third is was Garrett with his second of the game rounding out the scoring.Selkirk netminder Chris Hurry won for the fourth time this season, stopping 15 of 16 shots to secure the win as the Saints out shot the Spartans 40-16.“The final series last year against SFU was real tight,” said Dubois, working out the details with Selkirk College brass on his return for season three with the Saints.“This year you never want to say you had an easier time but we were luck to get ahead 3-0 in both games, and Trinity Western, a real good, hard-working team . . . by getting a couple of big leads we were able to dictate the play and make them to chase us a little bit and get the job done.”PLAYOFF BANTER: Speedster Cody Fidgett scored minutes into the overtime during game two in 2013 to power Selkirk to its inaugural BCIHL title with a 3-2 victory over Simon Fraser University at the NDCC Arena in Nelson. Saints swept the series 2-0. . . . The second BCIHL title in as many years moves Selkirk to within one of the championship won lead held by Simon Fraser University (2008, 2010 & 2011) and University of Victoria (2007, 2009 & 2012) — each with three titles. . . .Coach of Selkirk Jeff Dubois has already started recruiting for next seasons, landing the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League regular season scoring champ Jamie Vlanich of the Nelson Leafs . . . . It’s been rumoured Carsen Willans, the Leafs leading scorer in the playoffs, is off to UVIC for next season. . . . The game attracted 768 fans to the Castlegar Rec Complex and 627 for Friday. There were no extra-time heroics needed this season for the Selkirk Saints in the 2014 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Finals.For the second straight game the Saints scored early and often en route to a 5-1 victory over Trinity Western Spartans to sweep the best-of-three series 2-0 Saturday night at the Castlegar Rec Complex and repeat as BCIHL Champs.Selkirk won the opener 6-1 Friday.“We were lucky to have the core of last year’s team back who had gone through the experience of winning a championship,” a tired Saints head coach Jeff Dubois said this morning from his home in Castlegar.“So we had a lot of leaders and experienced guys who had seen the ups and downs of a season and those guys did the job for us for sure.”After opening the series with win Friday, Dubois said the coaching staff put the game in the hands of the players, explaining the consequences of letting a team like TWU back into the series.The Saints responded, scoring three times in the first period to take the early control of the contest.“It was going to be their choice in how our players came out, whether we were going to wrap it up quickly or win this the hard way,” Dubois explained.
OAKLAND — If emotion and drama can springboard a baseball team, the A’s find themselves in a good spot about now.They have had plenty of emotion and drama since returning home from a one-win trip through Toronto, Boston and Pittsburgh.Saturday, Oakland won for the fourth time in five games on the homestand, beating Cleveland 3-2 behind more brilliance from the bullpen (save for the ninth inning) and another walk-off celebration as Ramon Laureano’s bloop single to right knocked in the decisive …
Two days after the Punjab police seized a huge cache of arms, including five AK-47 rifles, pistols hand grenades and satellite phones, and investigation revealed that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered from across the border from Pakistan over drones, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the incident was a new and serious dimension to Pakistan’s sinister designs in the aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370.The Chief Minister urged the Union Home Minister to tackle the problem at the earliest.Tagging Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a tweet from his official handle, Capt. Amarinder wrote, “’Recent incidents of Pakistan-origin drones dropping consignments of arms & ammunition is a new and serious dimension on Pakistan’s sinister designs in aftermath of the abrogation of Article 370. Request @AmitShah ji to ensure that this drone problem is handled at the earliest.”On September 22, the police busted a terrorist module of the revived Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF), backed by a Pakistan and Germany based terror group, made the arms seizure and arrested four suspects from the outskirts of Chola Sahib village in Tarn Taran district.State Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta had pointed out that initial investigation revealed that the weapons were suspected to have been delivered recently across the border from Pakistan over drones launched by Pakistan’s ISI and the State-sponsored Jihadi and pro-Khalistani terrorist outfits working under its command. “The large-scale infiltration appeared to have been aimed at scaling terrorism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and the Indian hinterland, in the wake of the recent developments in the Valley,” he had said.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Life was going well for Christopher Partee when the woman approached him in tears.The forklift operator had recently been made a permanent employee at a Memphis warehouse newly opened by a supply-chain logistics company. His new supervisor was friendly to him, giving him special assignments and sometimes grabbing lunch with him. Partee thought perhaps he himself could eventually become a supervisor.But he was about to make a decision that would upend his life. The woman, Tiffany Pete, asked Partee if he would serve as corroborating witness in a sexual harassment complaint against their supervisor. Partee was apprehensive but says he had seen his supervisor make lewd comments to women at the warehouse nearly every day, telling them what to wear and propositioning sex. He agreed to help and to speak directly to the supervisor.Within days, Partee was fired, along with Pete and two other women who had complained about being harassed.“I was thinking about not getting involved because I had a feeling that something like this would happen, and it did,” said Partee, who eventually won a lawsuit against the company filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “But if a woman is crying, I’m not just going to sit there and do nothing. I’m not going to walk away and not do something about it. I’m just not that type of person.”Caught in the middle of workplace sexual harassment are often people like Partee: witnesses who struggle with how to respond. The scandals sending shockwaves through Hollywood, and the media and political worlds have left in their wake people who have expressed remorse for failing to do more to stop the inappropriate behaviour of powerful men.Among them are Charlie Rose’s executive producer, Louis C.K.’s longtime manager, and Billy Bush, who has apologized for laughing along when President Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women’s genitals on the “Access Hollywood” tape. NBC is conducting an internal investigation into why anchor Matt Lauer’s alleged misconduct wasn’t stopped earlier. The director Quentin Tarantino has said he knew enough about Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour to have done more.Lost in the conversation are the stories of people in more ordinary work places who do speak up — and what happens next.Often, according to lawyers who litigate sexual harassment cases, they end up facing the same repercussions as the victims they were trying to protect. Some are labeled disloyal and denied career advancement. Others are fired. While the law prohibits retaliation against witnesses who oppose sexual harassment, it can be difficult to prove their case in court. Lawsuits typically take years to resolve.The dynamic ensures that many people stay quiet, particularly among working-class people who can least afford to lose their jobs, said Faye Williams, the regional attorney for the EEOC who oversaw the lawsuit on behalf of Partee and the three women against the company, New Breed Logistics.“We find in our work here at EEOC, including our sexual harassment cases, many employees in the workplace often look the other way or choose not to get involved,” Williams said. “One can understand why. They are generally low wage workers, earning minimum wage, single parents, and desperately need to work to survive.”Still, Partee is far from the only witness that EEOC has represented in recent sexual harassment cases.In a case settled in 2015, four men lost their jobs at a dried fruit processing plant in California for helping their female co-workers file a complaint about supervisors who were making lewd comments and rubbing up against them. Two of the men had organized a meeting with management to allow the women to voice their complaints.In Mississippi, a janitor was fired after she corroborated a co-worker’s sexual harassment complaint during an internal company investigation. In Texas, a recruiter for a physician services provider was let go after he accompanied a woman who filed a complaint about their division CEO.It took years for those lawsuits to result in verdicts or settlements mandating compensation for the plaintiffs. In the meantime, some of the workers struggled financially.Two of the dried-fruit plant workers said in court statements that it took them three years to find permanent work. One of them said he frequently argued with his wife about why he stood up for his co-workers instead of staying silent. The other got divorced.Partee’s case took seven years to make its way through the courts. During much of that time, he relied on odd jobs and food stamps. He was forced to move out of his apartment and into his mother’s house. He fell back on his child support payments.As often occurs in sexual harassment cases, the EEOC had to prove that Partee engaged in “protected activity” under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act that deals with sexual harassment. Specifically, the company argued that Partee did not, in fact, oppose sexual harassment because he had not formally agreed to participate in an internal company investigation before he was fired. Partee had also warned his supervisor to stop his behaviour but the company argued that simply asking a harasser to knock it off did not constitute protected activity.New Breed claimed that Partee was suspended for clocking in overtime hours without authorization. It tried to argue that the human resources official who suspended him did not know he had agreed to back up Pete’s complaint. In the end, EEOC provided evidence the official knew Pete had named Partee as a witness.In 2015, the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals in Ohio upheld a $1.5 million verdict against New Breed which has been bought by another company.Partee received $315,000, enough for to buy a modest house and pay back child support and other debt. The father of five children, now grown, has yet to find permanent work as forklift operator, relying on temporary jobs. He does not mention the New Breed case when interviewing for jobs, fearing that it will backfire and he will be labeled a troublemaker.“It would scare them off, like I’m a risk. So I keep my mouth shut,” he said. “A lot of people, they like to call you a snitch. They want to put that around you.”Employment law attorneys say they don’t often come across people like Partee. On the contrary, a major challenge in sexual harassment cases is finding witnesses to back up the plaintiff, said Debra Katz, a partner with the Washington-based firm Katz, Marshall & Banks.“When someone calls me, my first inquiry is, ‘Who are the witnesses who can confirm this individual harassed you?’” said Katz, who has litigated discrimination and whistle-blower protection cases for 30 years. “Retaliation is a real fear. Often what we hear is “Don’t use my name in your letter but when an investigation comes up, I will come forward and say what I know.’”Some advocates are hoping the #MeToo movement will embolden witnesses to speak up. One group of actors, including Anthony Edwards, Tate Donovan and Daniel Dae Kim, have joined the #IWillSpeakUp campaign that calls out men for staying silent about sexual misconduct.“We know that the majority of men are not abusive,” said Tony Porter, CEO of A Call To Men, which launched the campaign along with Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation. “The problem is that the majority of men are silent about that abuse.”But often, people who learn of sexual harassment are uncertain about what to do. Even Jane Fonda, herself a victim of sexual abuse, has said she regrets not speaking out when another actress told her about a troublesome encounter with Weinstein. She has said that at the time, she felt it was not her place to publicize someone else’s experience.That’s a common dilemma for employees in everyday workplaces, said Lynn Bowes-Sperry, a professor of management at Western New England University who researches on the difficulties faced by observers of sexual harassment. She said it points to the need for more rigorous bystander training for employees “that provides them with the skills to take action rather than just basic knowledge regarding legal liability.”Far removed from the #MeToo movement, Partee said he has no regrets.The women “actually thanked me a lot for being there for them,” he said. “Now when I think about it, it sends chills through me because you know when you did something right.”——————————News Researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed from New York City.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are continuing to remind residents to remove valuables from vehicles.Over the past month, RCMP say they have been receiving a high volume of reports of vehicles being broken into and valuables being stolen.The RCMP is reminding the public of the #9PMRoutine campaign to equip citizens to protect themselves and their possessions. According to Police, the #9PMRoutine is simple to follow as every night a 9:00 p.m., you go out to your vehicle to check to see that it is locked and that valuables are either removed or hidden from view.The RCMP say the biggest message of the #9PMRoutine is to secure your belongings as out of sight is out of mind.If you happen to be a victim of theft or witness suspicious activity, you can call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Kolkata: The South Eastern Railway has decided to run 11 pairs of special trains between Shalimar andMumbai from April 20 to July 1 and another 11 pairs of special trains between Santragachi and New Jalpaiguri from April 21 to June 30 to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer. Trains get more passengers during summer as people plan trips during holidays. A weekly special train will leave Shalimar station at 6.10 am every Monday and will reach Mumbai at 4.05 pm on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the opposite direction, the special train will leave Mumbai at 11.05 am every Saturday and will arrive at Shalimar at 9.30 pm the next day, Sunday. “The special train consisting of one AC 2 Tier, two AC 3-Tier, seven sleeper Class and three general second class coaches, will have stoppages at Santragachi, Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Raipur, Durg, Gondia, Nagpur, Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Bhusawal, Nasik Road, Igatpuri, Kalyan and Dadar between Shalimar and Mumbai CSMT,” a senior SER official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySantragachi-New Jalpaiguri weekly AC special will be leaving Santragachi at 10.25 am every Sunday and will reach New Jalpaiguri at 8.55 pm, the same day. In the opposite direction, New Jalpaiguri-Santragachi special will leave New Jalpaiguri at 11.15 pm every Sunday and will arrive Santragachi at 11.15 am , the next day. This train will have sixteen AC 3-tier coaches and will have stoppages at Bardhaman, Rampurhat, Malda Town, Barsoi, Kishanganj and Alubari Road between Santragachi and New Jalpaiguri. Booking will be available for both the trains from Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and internet with immediate effect.